Philippians 2:1-4 “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Galatians 6:9-10 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
As with most people, there are moments in my life when I am driven to my knees in awe of my God. I don’t even have words to speak my gratitude to Him. It is sometimes hard to know how to share a blessing while being humble at the same time.
Over the holiday weekend, I was blessed to be able to cook and serve my fellow volunteers at Fellowship of the Woodlands. We do 20 identical services for the community. There are several hundred volunteers who help with all aspects of this huge undertaking. Since I love to cook and have had considerable experience cooking for the masses (see previous blog about our large family!), I volunteered to feed the volunteers. I had so much fun doing it. I borrowed numerous crockpots and enlisted help from youngest daughter and sweetheart. We chopped, sauteed, baked, and simmered our way into a lot of food. Let’s just say that quite a few pigs and cows gave their all for these meals.
Quite honestly, I didn’t know how I would be able to pull it off. Yet each time I went to my Father in prayer, He told me that I should keep going. Every step of the way, He was there. I always had what I needed, everything worked perfectly, and in the end, there was only 2 cups of food left. Literally, He made the crock pots stay full until the very end of the last night. To some it might seem as if I just made sure I cooked enough. But I can tell you that I used no real recipes and I never measured the total amount. I didn’t plan ahead while cooking so that I would have enough. I trusted in the Lord the entire time. On any regular day, I certainly wouldn’t recommend this strategy while feeding your family however. One might end up with a hungry family or enough to feed a football team when you only need to feed three friends. Another note to ambitious cooks who need to move food from your kitchen to your church family. Always make sure that you have the lid tightly on a container when you move 2 gallons of chili on your front seat. Chili makes a beautiful design when it mixes with grey floor carpet in a Tundra.
I also didn’t once worry about the cost. Let me assure you that sweetheart worried enough for the both of us. But he trusted me completely when I told him that God was leading me to do this. We believe in the law of tithing and it is always the first thing we pay when we are doing our budget. I never, ever question that the first 10 percent belongs to God. Or anything else He asks me for. There are many instances in the scriptures where He assures me if I give, He will give back to me with more than I can use. As I have said in previous blogs, He blessed me over and over again over the holidays. The more I shared, the more He gave me.
Today He made sure that I knew He approved of what I did. While not sharing the intimate details of my life, just let me say that I am on my knees in awe of His great power and majesty. My Adonai has once again shown me that He is in charge and that He hears the prayers of His children. Pastor Kerry is always saying that we need to put God first, then family, then neighborhood, then world. I am reminded that because I did what God wanted me to do, He has allowed me to be blessed by my most amazing family in ways I never thought possible. Even though we are miles and miles and miles apart, you have shown me that my family is only a thought away. And you hear the heartfelt cries of a heart that grieves for the loss of family time. Thank you my Awesome Father. You are mighty and gracious to your undeserving, hardheaded, argumentative child. Let me always put You first. Let me always remember that You and You alone are in charge of my daily activities. You give me the wisdom to make good choices, the love of an amazing family, and the support of many friends. You ARE an AWESOME GOD!